NORMAN, Okla. -- After spending the last six years as an assistant coach for Sherri Coale’s women’s basketball program, former Sooner Bo Overton has been named head women’s basketball coach at UMKC as announced by Director of Athletics Bob Thomas Monday.
“Our women’s basketball family is extremely happy for Coach Overton and the opportunity he has been given at the University of Missouri in Kansas City,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “Bo is a fun guy who has an amazing feel for the game of basketball. He has been around it all his life and sees it and understands it at an exceptional level. Bo came in six years ago and helped us turn the Oklahoma program into something special. He will always be a part of our Sooner family. We wish Bo the best in his new position and want to publicly thank him for the role in has played in building our program.”
During Overton’s tenure, Oklahoma won three Big 12 Conference regular season titles and two of the last three Big 12 Tournament Championships. OU also advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times, including an appearance in the 2002 NCAA National Championship game.
“We are excited to have Bo joining our UMKC family,” Thomas said. “ His experience, commitment and vision have demonstrated that he is well-prepared to continue and enhance our work to be champions.”
Overton, the starting point guard for the Sooners in the early 1980s, is considered one of the top recruiters in the country. The native of Ada, Okla., worked with all phases of the Oklahoma women’s basketball program.
During his four seasons as a player for the Sooners (1980-83), Overton led the team in assists his final three seasons and currently ranks third on the school’s all-time assists list with 517. He also ranks second on the Sooners’ career list in free throw percentage after he converted 85.2 percent of his shots (184-of-216). He concluded his collegiate playing career by leading Oklahoma to the NCAA Mideast Regional and a second-place Big Eight Conference finish.
Overton became the 22nd player in OU men’s basketball history to be drafted professionally. He was selected by the Phoenix Suns in 1983 NBA Draft and played professionally for Pensacola of the CBA from 1984-85.
He was a four-year letterwinner at Ada High School, earning Oklahoma Coaches, Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman Player-of-the-Year recognition in 1979. Overton was also a member of the McDonald’s and National High School Coaches Association All-America squads. He received the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award in 1979, which is presented annually to the top athlete in each sport at the Oklahoma state high school championships.
Overton is a 1983 graduate of Oklahoma, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications. He becomes the sixth women’s basketball coach at UMKC in the Division I era.